Global Strategy and Leadership

  • Participant Ranjana Deshmukh shares insights from learning alongside leaders from other industries and cultures, and how it expanded her perspective on working in a global organization.

  • Darden and the Indian School of Business (ISB) have partnered to provide a comprehensive new strategic leadership program for senior executives who need to be able to drive growth, innovation and success in a global marketplace. The completed program is delivered in two phases - a five-day course at ISB in Hyderabad, India and a second five-day course at Darden in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A. The program cost is INR 6,00,000 plus tax. Please check the exchange rate before you register to confirm the final cost of the program in U.S. currency.

  • At a Glance

    The Global Strategy and Leadership program is designed to give top and senior executives a sense of purpose, a leadership and strategic perspective on their businesses. The program will focus on leading strategically in today's environment of rapid change, new possibilities and growing globalization. Special emphasis will be placed on creating a sustained winning edge using values, shared vision and purpose as a business advantage. It will focus equally on becoming an effective strategic leader and developing breakthrough competitive, sustainable response for ones organization.

    Program Schedule

    ISB logo Darden and the Indian School of Business (ISB) have partnered to deliver this comprehensive program in two phases:

    • Phase I - Global Strategy course at ISB in Hyderabad, India
    • Phase II - Purpose Driven Leadership: Engaging Stakeholders course at Darden in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

    The complete program includes both phases, included in the cost.

    Participant Perspectives

    Hear insights and stories from both Indian and U.S. participants:

    Nityam Khosla, Owner, Teamglobal Logistics

    Alexandria Searls, Executive Director, Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center

    Program Overview

    Program Features

    This joint program features several interactive and experiential elements, including:

    • Phase I: Global Strategy five-day program at ISB
    • Phase II: Purpose Driven Leadership: Engaging Stakeholders five-day short course at Darden
    • Joint Certificate of successful GSLP completion for participants
    • One-on-One Executive Coaching
    • Theater-Based Experiential Learning
    • Personal Plan for Leadership Advancement
    • Case Studies and Research

    Topics Covered

    Phase I will focus on the importance of strategy in growing a business and succeeding in a global economy. Primary topics to be discussed include:

    • Macroeconomic Factors Impacting Strategy - Analyze how the macroeconomic environment impacts corporate decision making and moderates strategic perspectives for top management.
    • Strategic Thinking and Analysis in a Global Context - As new markets expand and globalization increases, the business environment is constantly changing and it is imperative for organizations to think globally and have long term strategic orientations that are aligned with tactical objectives to run successful businesses.
    • Strategy Formulation, Evolution and Execution - Timely evolution of strategy and effective execution is often the 'missing link' between having a good strategy and exhibiting good performance. This topic area focuses on the process view of strategy, from formulation to evolution to implementation.

    Phase II of the program will help participants reignite their sense of purpose as leaders. Through a theater exercise, participants learn to inspire confidence and commitment to a shared vision. The program helps leaders explore in-depth how to create a positive environment, transcend daily urgencies to clarify long-term vision, better motivate others through influence and inspiration, lead by example and actively engage direct reports. The topics that will be covered include:

    • Authority and Innovation - Helping People Do the Right Thing
    • Identifying Personal and Organizational Opportunities
    • Integrating Personal and Organizational Visions
    • Strategy and Leadership: What Are They and Where Do They Come From?
    • Theories Around Emergent Strategy and Leadership
    • Aspirations and Opportunities
    • The Importance of Purpose and Values
    • Ways Leaders Lead Leaders

    ISB campus


    This is a unique opportunity for participants to attend programs at two of the top global schools - the Darden School of Business and the Indian School of Business - to share strategic perspectives from one another's firms as well as with international peers and participants. Key takeaways from this joint course include:

    • Learning to lead with a set of core values and convictions
    • Becoming familiar with research based, global frameworks that will contribute to strategy formulation and implementation
    • Exploring concepts and skills associated with successful business endurance, evaluating business models and new opportunities
    • Creating a positive environment and inspiring direction for all stakeholders
    • Developing a leadership style personalized to your strengths

    Who Should Attend

    Top and senior executives involved in development of business strategy such as CEOs and heads of enterprises, business units, functions and strategic planning. It is meant for leaders who want to move from controlling daily activities to creating new opportunities, especially encouraging independence and creativity within their organizations.


    Amir Ullah Khan

    Professor Khan teaches at the ISB's Centre of Executive Education and at the Foreign Service Institute of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. He has taught at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and at the Edith Cowan University, Perth. He is also policy adviser to the Wadhwani Initiative on Sustainable Healthcare and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    U. Srinivasa Rangan

    Professor Rangan holds the Luksic Chair Professorship in Strategy and Global Studies at Babson College. His teaching, research, and consulting activities are in the areas of strategy, globalization, alliances, and entrepreneurship. His current research deals with the globalization of emerging market firms, evolution of industries and firm-level strategies and the impact of national business systems on them, and entrepreneurial ecosystems of countries.

    S Venkataraman

    MasterCard Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
    Venkat is a member of the Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Ethics area at Darden, and teaches MBA and executive level courses in strategy, entrepreneurship and ethics. He is a Director of Research at the Batten Institute, and has been the editor of the Journal of Business Venturing since 1995.

    R. Edward Freeman

    Elis and Signe Olsson Professor of Business Administration; Academic Director, Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics; Academic Director, Institute for Business in Society
    An expert in stakeholder management, leadership, business ethics, business strategy and corporate responsibility, Professor Freeman has written extensively on these subjects. Since he began teaching more than three decades ago, he has received numerous recognitions from institutions all over the world and presented at dozens of conferences around the globe.

    David L. Newkirk

    Strategy and Leadership Adviser; Former CEO, Darden Executive Education
    With 30 years of business experience spanning several continents, Newkirk currently consults full time for global corporations on issues of strategy and leadership. Before heading Darden's top-ranked Executive Education program for more than six years (until 2012), he led award-winning teams as a senior partner in the London office of Booz & Company, where his roles included director of European operations, Asia chair and head of the firm's worldwide strategy practice. He has also held a series of senior management positions at American Express.

    Bidhan L. Parmar

    Assistant Professor of Business Administration
    Professor Parmar teaches ethics and collaboration at the Darden School of Business. His research interests focus on how managers make decisions and collaborate in uncertain and changing environments to create value for stakeholders. His work helps executives better handle ambiguity in their decision-making. His recent research examines the impact of authority on moral decision making in organizations. He was recently named one of "The World's 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40" by Poets and Quants.

    Locations & Accommodations

    Phase I (22-26 July, 2017):
    Indian School of Business
    Hyderabad, India

    Participants will stay in Executive Housing on grounds at ISB. Accommodations are included in your tuition.

    Phase II (23-27 October, 2017):
    Darden School of Business
    Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

    As a participant, you'll stay in a private room at the Inn at Darden, our highly rated hotel adjacent to the classroom buildings and dining center. Accommodations are included in your tuition.


    INR 6,00,000 (plus tax) covers materials, meals and accommodations for both phases of the program.